Learn how to download torrents anonymously and use utorrent anonymously with a VPN or proxy service.
We show you exactly what we mean by the term "anonymous" vs not anonymous when downloading torrents. The truth is that your torrent IP address is easily viewable by all peers sharing the same torrent as you. That's we recommend that all Bittorrent users use an anonymous VPN or proxy service (or both would be better)
In this video, we use Private Internet Access VPN (VPNTopten.com's editors choice 2014 best torrent VPN)
You can learn more or sign up at:
We use PIA two different ways to totally anonymize utorrent traffic using first a proxy server, then a VPN (and actually use both simultaneously with two different IP addresses).
Advantages of Private Internet Access for bittorrent users:
- NO Logs. No activity tracking.
- NO Throttling
- Unlimited Bandwidth/Speeds
- Torrents Allowed
- VPN Kill Switch (Prevent accidental IP leaks)
- DNS Leak Protection (Blocks windows security leak)
- Servers in 12+ Countries
- 256-bit Military Grade AES Encryption
Learn more about PIA:
Watch our PIA Video Review:
Learn how to use Vuze Anonymously with a proxy/VPN
Other tools we feature:
Torguard's Check my Torrent IP Tool:
If you have any questions, please make sure to leave them in the comments. We do our best to answer any and all relevant questions. We usually answer and approve comments once a week
I currently have a VPN (through privateinternetaccess, and connection settings are same as this video for the VPN application). Is it really necessary to set up the proxy settings for my uTorrent application, or is it currently protecting me from my ISP seeing my torrent activity?
'si always go back to your Video why ? many are so confusing still not answering my question your very good at this but theres only one thing :) your site for this Video needs a little update thats it does not match with the new page they done beside that keep it going with your teaching ok ? :)
Peerblock does nothing to actually encrypt your torrents or change your torrent IP address. All peerblock does is attempt to block millions of 'suspect' IP addresss from connecting to you as torrent peers. It doesn't work against DHT or tracker scraping, and any person/company who's IP is blocked by peerblock can instantly get a new one with a VPN, proxy, VPS, etc. I believe it gives a false sense of security that does little but reduce your available peers and speeds.
More Info: https://www.vpnuniversity.com/bittorrent/vpn-vs-proxy-vs-blocklist
So far not to impressed with privateinternetaccess.com. Have not gotten my credentials after having paid for it. I opened a support ticket and immediately got a canned response saying that their support volume is higher then normal and they apologies for the delay. Odd their auto reply works so fast but the email confirming your credentials doesn't. I will keep you posted as to weather this site is valid or if i have to fight to get my credentials or money back.
I've certainly never heard of that issue with PIA before, and they literally have 100's of thousands (if not millions) of subscribers. My best guess is that you signed up with a throwaway email address (or accidentally entered the wrong one) and didn't realize that they email your credentials to you. If you signed up with a valid email address, check your promotions/spam folder.
If your network requires a specific proxy to reach the internet, then you can't use PIA for it. If you can use ANY proxy to reach the internet then you can configure PIA's proxy in your browser using this chrome extension:https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/proxy-helper/mnloefcpaepkpmhaoipjkpikbnkmbnic?hl=en
Most people have the best results with VPN-only. Some torrent clients ignore proxy settings and will leak your IP. Also, some torrent/proxy combos may make it hard to open magnet links for some reason.
They're similar services both in price and features. I think you'll find PIA has faster speeds and NordVPN has a bit more features. Also NordVPN works with netflix while PIA doesn't (if that's a consideration for you). You can save 72% on NordVPN with this 2-year deal: https://go.nordvpn.net/SHbS
As of this date is it still recommended to use both a proxy as well as a vpn together or will using them both together cause a conflict which will leak the ip address? Also should the enable UPnP port mapping box continue to be unchecked or should it be checked at this time?
I'm personally using CyberGhost and verified my Utorrent IP and my Browser IP are not the same as my actual IP address .. I'm wondering if that's enough to keep third parties from tracking me to my actual IP address ?? Or is a Proxy Server needed ?? And if i'm using a device that is connected to a homegroup Router, will what I typed above ever be Hidden from my Router as well ?
Excellent guide, I followed it to set up uTorrent with a proxy (without VPN) and it's working well. I just have a question about some of your settings in uTorrent. I noticed you had some settings disabled which are enabled by default such as local peer discovery and bandwidth management (utp) - is there any reason for me to disable these when my connection seems to be working properly?
You can leave bandwidth management on if you like. Local peer discovery should be turned off for security reasons. If you only torrent on a private connection (at home) it won't make a difference but if you use it on large networks (school, public wifi etc) it will find peers on that local network, and they will see your REAL local IP address, not your VPN/proxy IP.
There are some free SOCKS5 proxies online. They will of course keep logs, be slow, and suffer from frequent disconnects. They may also snoop traffic and try to steal passwords. You should be suspicious of anything that should cost money which you can get for free. Don't use an HTTP proxy, you'll think it's working but peers will still see your real IP address.
My understanding from talking to ExpressVPN support is that they do allow torrenting. If it's not working for you, contact their support team. If they tell you that torrents are not allowed, then switch to another torrent-friendly provider like PIA.
i can't seem to download using a 3g connection and yes there are peers and trackers and i do have internet access i already know that mobile services block p2p so i just would like to know if there is a way to bypass their firewalls or what not and be able to download using 3g
Thank you so much man! Never used a vpn for the last couple of years and didn't have a problem but I don't wanna take anymore chances. Plus I wasn't downloading like crazy either just a movie every now and then.
Basically all the VPN apps are 32-bit so you won't get an advantage by having a 64-bit OS. Unfortunately there aren't any free VPNs that allow torrenting. PIA is pretty much the cheapest zero-log provider around. You can also try the big discount on 2-year plans from NordVPN: https://go.nordvpn.net/SHOv They are a zero-log provider, netflix-compatible, and have torrent-friendly SOCKS proxy servers in over 12 countries (PIA is Netherlands Only).
I'm still holding out for the ultimate "anonymous" communications & delivery method/design, aside from unplugged, of course. I envision whatever Peer file sharing method is used it will run isolated within Linux virtual sessions that simulate physical world/internet connections (routers, servers, etc..) as well as include all the perks of encryption, VPN tunnels, proxy, firewall, etc... the works! ;)
Yes this vulnerability is several years old. If you are running the latest firmware on your router from a reputable manufacturer, there should be no issue. If you use the VPN option without the proxy, you don't need to enable upnp.
Yes, the VPN by itself is very secure. It changes your IP address & encrypts your entire internet connection. The VPN by itself is much stronger than the proxy by itself. Using both together is completely optional.
I was trying to use proxy and For that setup my utorrent exactly how did yours.But I couldn't do mine like that.So I had to use vpn.Now I am using VPN.But the thing is it secured?If I want to download something from internet is this safe to download stuffs using VPN?
Just wanted to thank you. I signed up for PIA two years back for $30 annually with your discount after I received a 'notice' from my cable company. I followed your instructions to a tee and did not change my torrenting behavior and have yet to receive any more notices (knock on wood). I've had a couple of hiccups with PIA but nothing major. I'm probably a lifer now using a VPN. Thanks for the simple utorrent tutorial. I'm computer illiterate and know nothing about proxies and socks and servers ...etc.
Hi there, thank you very much for the fantastic video. I started using PIA a few days ago and its working good. But even though I am doing everything you said in the video I cant make this proxy on utorrent work. In tracker list tab,where I should see my IP torrent, Im keeping getting the message : proxy connect error : offline(timed out). also the option "update tracker" does not work for me, its always in gray color.
can you help? thanks.
The most common reasons for that error are: 1] people forget to generate a separate username/password for the proxy, 2] a mistake in the proxy address settings in utorrent, 3] make sure to start the VPN before opening utorrent, otherwise it will cause an error.
If you've done all these and still have issues, then my advice is just use the VPN only. The VPN is quite secure by itself (and is the setup recommended by PIA). Turn on the kill-switch for added peace of mind.
curiouse about this one. so i did all as described then copied a free online vpn search engine website address into the required space. slow speed in this case (right now at least).
I have no idea at all if it functions though.
So it sounds like you're using a 'Free' proxy server you found online? Is that correct? You can test if it's working using the ip tracking torrent featured near the end of the video. Make sure to use a SOCKS proxy, not HTTP, because HTTP proxies can't handle torrent connections and will leak your real IP.
Some people have reported trouble with magnet links when using a proxy. Usually if you download the torrent file manually it will start. If it still doesn't work then you probably have the settings configured incorrectly (proxy address, username, password, port). The easiest fix is just use the VPN, no Proxy. I recommend Netherlands or Switzerland server location. I think canada works too. If you don't choose a torrent-friendly location, PIA will reroute torrent traffic on their end, slowing the connection.
Thanks for the video. The thing is uTorrent is not downloading 200kb that torrent which you showed on the video. I'm using Mac, entered correct user name and pw, did everything what you did but nothing changes. Am I missing something guys?
I installed PIA and set it exactly as you showing and it work perfectly, however 10 sec after i open Utorrent i loose my internet connection completely. this issue seem coming from Socks5 proxy configuration i generated my username and pass and connected to 1080 port and checked all the boxes below. what am i missing that disconnect my internet connection when i start Utorrent ?
yup my internet goes down for some reason, after trying various things i noticed it has to do with DSN,if i go to my windows Networking tab, select the TCP/IP v4 and input manual DSN things got better , but i am not sure about how manually input DSN number affect my privacy
Sorry, to clarify: The Socks5 proxy server is included with every PIA VPN subscription. But it's still a paid subscription. If you can find a free SOCKS5 proxy server, then you follow the exact same settings with your free service. Don't use an HTTP proxy, because they do not work correctly with the bittorrent protocol, and your peer connections will be routed outside the proxy tunnel and expose your IP address.
love the video. I don't use Utorrent but used your tutorial to get me going on qBittorrent and used your affiliate links as well. Thanks for the tutorial. Everything is working fine and I can finally download with peace of mind.
Some trackers don't work properly with the proxy setup. The VPN by itself works great, and that's actually the setup recommended by PIA's tech team (though maybe they just don't want you using double the bandwidth by combining both).
PIA will change your public IP address and encrypt transmitted data for any programs, as long as you're running the VPN on your device. You will want to download the Android app. Some people get confused and believe that running the software on their PC will protect their entire network. You may want to use the kill-switch option in the software, because VPN technology isn't quite as stable on Android as it is on PC/Mac, and connections drop more frequently.
Judging by some posts in the forum: (https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/forum/discussion/comment/44443/#Comment_44443) it looks like PIA may have temporarily removed the DNS leak protection feature because it was causing connection errors and other problems. DNS leaks shouldn't be a problem for torrent usage, but if you're very cautious, you can specify your own preferred DNS servers on your router's settings. Then test for leaks at dnsleaktest.com
Hello I had a couple of questions in regards to VPN.
1. If I strictly opted to use VPN would I have to still use all the steps for the proxy to use it in Utorrent or do I just use the steps starting from 9:00 of the video before starting Utorrent/Chrome.
2. if I strictly opted for the VPN, would I then have to make any changes within Utorrent then.
3. What would you recommend or say is the best/most flexible VPN for Bittorrent/Utorrent any versions of those to torrenting clients.
1. You can use the VPN only. The proxy step is completely optional (some people like to use a nearby VPN server, and use the proxy for a Netherlands torrent IP).
2. If you use only the VPN, there's no need to change any utorrent settings. You shouldn't use the 'Forced' encryption option in the utorrent settings, because it will just reduce your peers, and the VPN adds much stronger whole-stream encryption.
3. PIA and IPvanish (http://www.vpntopten.com/vpn/ipvanish) are the two providers I recommend the most. IPVanish now has a socks5 proxy included also, and the proxy username/password process is exactly the same as PIA. IPVanish costs about $30 more per year but is faster and has much nicer software. If torrenting is your only VPN use, might as well save the money and stick with PIA.
Thanks ..great job bro..bought 1 year service ..followed your video guild and I am up and running behind the VPN (no proxy)
For others here is the entry required for Utorrent proxy-nl.privateinternetaccess.com also I checked Enable UPNpmapping.
I don't have the "DNS Leak Protection" check-box on my PIA settings. Any idea why not and how to get it? PIA never responds to my email support requests, but I have sent them the question. Wondering if you know.
I'm currently on version .62 for PC, and it still has DNS leak protection. Perhaps you're on a more recent version? If they disabled the option, then I would assume PIA has moved to 100% full time DNS leak protection. You can use dnsleaktest.com to verify that your setup is not leaking DNS requests. If it's not, then no need to worry about the option.
Yes i am in there.
Are you currently using PIA pc version?
The options i have in the advanced connection settings are as follow:
Request Port Forwarding (unchecked)
PIA MACE (unchecked)
VPN Kill Switch (checked)
IPv6 leak protection (checked)
Use small packets (unchecked)
Debug mode (checked)
So if i am understanding this tutorial correctly, once you've got your sock5 connection configured, when you also add in the VPN connection, the sock5 address keeps its IP address assigned by the proxy server, NOT the VPNs address?
That is correct. The Proxy connection is 'inside' the VPN tunnel, so your connection goes from your router > VPN > proxy. Torrent peers will see your proxy IP address, and websites you visit will see your VPN IP address.
Hey mate, so I had Peerblock installed and running also. I followed all your instructions. When I went to torrent, utorrent stalled at "Connecting to peers 0.0%". Did some googling and found out disabling Peerblock did the trick. Would you recommend uninstalling Peerblock?
Otherwise, I've subscribed to PIA and your instructions did the trick. Thanks for the thorough how-to, much appreciated!
Yes, peerblock is basically useless. It provides a false sense of security without actually improving your privacy. This is especially true if you are already using a VPN or other anonymization technique. Peerblock just blocks massive IP address blocks. It's not targeted, and it's not accurate. If you used every available blocklist, you would actually block more than 30% of all IP addresses in existence.
Great video :) just a few questions if you wouldn't mind good sir :)
(1) If Iam running the PIA VPN as software though the computer not though the router do I need to have port forwarding checked or is it strictly optional.
(2) The PIA server you connected though was Switzerland does it matter if it's a different server or is it better to have the PIA server set to Switzerland/Sweden/The Netherlands.
Thanks again for the good work good sir :)
If your speeds are much slower when you run both VPN and Proxy together, you'll be better off just using one or the other. Using the VPN with the kill-switch enabled (no proxy) will probably yield the best speeds/results. You can use a well-seeded torrent from linuxtracker.org to test your speeds. They're able to max out my connection.
VPNTestDrive Thank you very much for answering my questions :)
Sorry to bother you for two more.
But can having both the VPN and proxy on together actually slow down the torrent download I seem to be getting slow speeds for torrenting around the 150Kb max.
And do you know where I can get a current test torrent for speed and ip location test because I have tried most of the one and nothing gets downloaded even after leaving it alone for 15 minutes.
Thanks again for all your Help :)
1 - You don't need to enable port forwarding, torrents work perfectly without it, and turning it on can create security issues.
2 - I recommend Swiss/Swedish/Netherlands servers because they are the most torrent friendly countries. If you're using the socks5 proxy in addition to the VPN then it doesn't matter which server location you use because your final IP will be based in the Netherlands. If you use VPN only, and use a non-torrent friendly country (like the USA) PIA actually routes torrent traffic to a safer server behind the scenes. In my experience, you will get faster speeds if you just pick a good server location from the start.
Yes, the proxy function is built into the uTorrent software, so it doesn't matter what your external connection type is. You can keep the ip-check torrent active at all times just for peace of mind if you want (to quickly check your current IP from the 'trackers' tab)
Make sure you have the proxy settings exactly correct and are using the proxy login/password (not vpn login/password). If that's all setup correctly and you still can't find peers, then disable the proxy and use only the vpn.
Any tips on using this with Comcast who blocks ports 1080, 1085, and 1090? I contacted PIA today after my connection just would not download torrents, and they said you shouldn't be using the VPN simultaneously with the proxy. My connection works fine the vpn client running and setup the same as in the video. My real IP is hidden (verified by whatsmyip and the checkip torrent tracker address) and my traffic I'm assuming, is now encrypted, so I don't think there's anything else to worry about, right?
yes, the VPN setup alone works great. That's the option most people choose. The proxy does work just fine with the VPN on. PIA support probably doesn't recommend that option mostly because you're using double the bandwidth and the security benefit is largely redundant (using VPN alone is as good as VPN+proxy in most situations).
In the New version of PIA setup (v63) there is two more setting you do not talk about they are
1 use small packets
2 debug mode
thanks for any info or help on this and the text support is unbelievable.
The 'use small packets' option may give you faster speeds under certain conditions. It lowers the 'MTU' size for the VPN tunnel (minimum transmission unit). There is no risk to enabling that option, so feel free to enable small packets and see how your speeds compare to when it is disabled. PIA's support says this option is most useful when you use PIA on your mobile device, or if you have it configured in a VPN-compatible router.
Debug mode will create a local log on your computer to help troubleshoot any problems you may be having. PIA doesn't log any connection information on their end, so this feature is very helpful if you're experiencing connection issues. You would enable debug mode, then share the debug logs with tech support and they could troubleshoot your problem.
Feel free to ask any other questions if you have them!
Yes using a VPN is extremely simple but also incredibly powerful. 1 click will fully encrypt your internet connection and route all traffic through whichever VPN server you choose, changing your IP address (from the perspective of all websites, peers, and programs you connect to).
Thanks, just to clarify though, all I need to do is right click and connect to a server to be safe with a vpn? It seems too easy to be true. I've also set up a proxy for uTorrent, does that mean I accidentally turn off my vpn before uTorrent, I'll still be safe?
VPN only with kill-switch enabled is very secure, and is the default setup for 90+ percent of PIA bittorrent users. I just like to show the proxy as another option for additional privacy, but it is not necessary.
Hey bro, I watched your video and I really loved it. I'm using a VPN with proxy to torrent now. However, when I have both the VPN and the proxy, I can't initiate a download. So I turned off the proxy just to get the file to show up, then turned it back on before confirming the download. Am I doing something wrong?
Thanks for the help! One more question. I set up the proxy in utorrent, and got the success message. But I keep checking that check torrent and it keeps saying different things. Currently it says: "Proxy connect error: An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions." Oh, and I can't force the update. I'm also running PeerBlock. I've checked all my lists and couldn't find anything that stood out.
I did however delete it and download a new check torrent from torguard. It works perfectly now. So my only concern is losing the proxy when I download.
Not a dumb question at all. I'll do my best to explain and feel free to ask for clarification if you're still a little fuzzy on some points.
First, running the VPN software on your computer will not change the IP of your router, so all other devices connected to your router will have the same IP address you always had. The 192.168.1.1 IP address shown on the router is actually your 'Internal' ip address, which is the router's location on your home network. This should not be confused with an 'external' IP, which is the Ip address of your home connection in context of the entire internet. So a VPN will change your external IP, not your internal IP.
Yes, it IS possible to have a router connect to a VPN directly (which will give all VPN benefits to every device connected to that router, possibly even 10's or hundreds of devices in theory). The catch is this...the router you have at home probably can't handle a VPN connection. The math behind VPN encryption is extremely complex, so while it's easy for your PC or smartphone, most router CPU's cannot handle it. There are a small number of higher-end routers ($100-250 range) that can handle VPN connections. Some of these even have direct VPN support built into the router firmware.
If you're interested, I recommend the ASUS AC-68U (which I have used personally). It has a dual-core CPU, can handle VPN speeds of 25+mbps, and takes less than 5 minutes to configure with any VPN provider that supports openVPN. It's currently around $160 on amazon. I will have setup tutorials for installing a VPN on a router on my new youtube channel in the next couple months.
Sorry for the slow response, youtube marked your comment as spam because it contains a link. The proxy is located in the netherlands so that is normal. Under the 'ISP' column, does it say Vodaphone? Or another provider? As long as the ISP is not listed as VodaPhone, you are set.
Do you still use PIA... This video is 2 years old... Is there an updated video? I'm really interested in getting this service and was wondering if the setup is still the same...thanks for your hard work... This video was awesome!!
Yes, I do still use PIA. Their service works exactly the same as it did 2 years ago. The only difference is they've added about 10 server locations since then. I currently use IPVanish for my day-to-day security, but for the price you cannot beat PIA. PIA is also better suited for torrents than other providers because it includes the SOCKS5 proxy.
Hey man, I'm a newbie to all of this and I followed your instructions and everything is working perfectly with PIA. I just heard about seedbox. What is your opinion on torrenting and seedbox. Should I sign up for seedbox too and run my VPN through it? Or is that just overkill? I'm just a little paranoid when it comes to torrenting. I used your coupon code and the price of PIA is definitely worth it. Should I invest in seedbox too?
Sorry, just saw this comment. Youtube marked it as spam for some reason. Enabling PIA on a seedbox would probably undo most of the speed advantages of using a seedbox in the first place. Personally I have never used a seedbox, however they do come highly recommended in the torrent community among active and high volume torrenters. Of course they are expensive (more than a VPN anyway) but I bet you find a reddit thread with reliable seedbox recommendations if you wanted to go that route.
ipconfig only tells you your local (home network) IP address. It will usually be something like 192.168.1.xxx. If your proxy is set up properly, your torrent IP address (checked with torguard's tool) SHOULD be different then your actual external IP address. You can even find the location of your torrent IP address by typing the IP into a tool like iplocation.net, which will show you what country the proxy server is located in.
Wait, are you saying that I could use PIA through just uTorrent without changing my Windows network settings? I've never used a VPN but I'd like to subscribe to PIA. However, I don't like how you have to make your whole computer use PIA. I would just like to torrent through PIA and browse the net, game, etc., without it. Is this possible?
I'll answer your questions in order:
1 - You can use PIA without changing your windows network settings. It's just an application that you have to run instead of manually changing any settings. The App temporarily overrides your network settings and forces traffic to go through the VPN tunnel.
2 - If you don't want your entire connection to use PIA, you can use the proxy setup option (as shown in the video) but don't run the VPN. This will change your torrent IP address but it will not encrypt your traffic or route any non-torrent traffic through the VPN.
I agree that the headline is clickbaity. The headline is VPN w/ free proxy, meaning the proxy service is included with a VPN subscription (which I clarify in both the video and description). Most VPNs charge extra for proxy service. You can also use these same setup instructions with a free socks5 proxy (assuming you can find one that actually works).
You can just run the VPN. In fact, if you had to choose one or the other, a VPN is a better option (because it's encrypted). The proxy changes your IP but does not encrypt. When running PIA's VPN it will also prevent your ISP from monitoring your web history (they can't see your searches or what sites you visit any more).
So it sounds like something about your proxy configuration is wrong. Double check the proxy address and port #. Also, did you generate a new proxy login/password from your PIA account panel? Or are you just using your VPN login credentials.
Unfortunately I don't have access to a mac. The VPN you choose shouldn't really matter based on your platform or torrent client of choice. Every modern version of utorrent (mac & windows) is compatible with SOCKS5 proxies. And any VPN that runs on mac (which is basically all of them) can encrypt your connection.
well i rather pay montly a small fee? i think if i got it correctly cause iam not sure how this thing works yet or if it works for me idk so i dont wanna pay 40 bucks and then i have problems with delayed hiding of my ip and such when downloading torrents so just as this is my first time iam just gonna do montly payments live in sweden not sure how its gonna work for me ?
+VPNTestDrive i was getting connections that dropped frequently, or just not connecting. read somewhere to change setting to TCP. now i get connections but overnight/8hrs it disconnects.
any suggestions? is tcp safe/ok?